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Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

Should Physicians Screen Every Patient for Alcohol Misuse?

  Risky drinking can cause problems for individuals in both their personal and professional lives, as well as potentially lead to the development of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This kind of drinking is also responsible certain preventable illnesses and deaths. In a recently concluded analysis of studies concerning risky drinking and intervention methods, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force determined that primary care physicians should screen their adult patients for alcohol misuse, as well as provide … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Recovery, Research, Treatment

Pre-College Talk May Curb College Drinking

Pre-College Talk May Curb College Drinking

  High school and college students are well known for their hard partying antics. After all, 90% of high school students drink outside their homes before they graduate. However, it has been shown that parents can play a powerful role in curbing heavy drinking or increased consumption patterns once their kid enters college by speaking to their children about the effects of alcohol. A new study shows that the best time for this conversation to take … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Life, Substance Abuse

Legal Drinking Age Linked to Binge Drinking

  People who grew up in U.S. states where the legal drinking age was under 21 are more likely to become binge drinkers later in life, according to a new study by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers tracked the long-term drinking habits of more than 39,000 people who began drinking alcohol in the 1970’s and found that people who lived in states that had the lowest minimum drinking ages were no more likely to consume larger quantities of alcohol or drink with greater frequency than those in states where the drinking age was 21. When they did drink, however, they tended to drink more heavily. “It wasn’t just that lower minimum drinking ages had a negative impact on people when they were young,” stated first author Andrew … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research, Substance Abuse

Binge Drinking is on the Rise Among Young Women

  Many women struggle with emotional and mental health concerns at a young age. Whether trying to fit in with peers, or navigating the difficulties of growing up in our high-pressure society, there is a great need to escape. A popular coping mechanism among high school and college women is binge drinking. This is beginning to cause a staggering number of problems, including mental health and unplanned pregnancy risks, as well as automobile injuries and unintended violence. Though seemingly unrecognized, it’s important to be aware of the popularity of binge drinking among young women today. Almost 14 million American women are actively pursuing binge-drinking behavior on average 3 times per month. The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, defines binge drinking for women as consuming 4 or more drinks on one occasion. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

My State of Affairs at Penn State University

  I thought this would be opportune time for me to write a blog about my experiences at Penn State University, the biggest party school in the nation during my years there, and what ensued after I left.  Basically the reason why I am sitting here and writing this article right now is that earlier this year, 2012, I entered into sobriety. In 2007, I got accepted to PSU, anticipating a great year, full of fun, partying, and most importantly the always joyful side of every college in the nation: academics.  I had no intention of getting myself into what eventually happened, and I’ll get to that later.  Classes started and things went well for a couple of months.  I did all the necessary work for my classes, went to every class, and kept … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

College Drinking: The Slow but Sure Downfall of My Life

College Drinking: The Slow but Sure Downfall of My Life

  Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is defined by the American Medical Association (AMA) as “a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations.”  It is characterized by: A prolonged period of frequent, heavy alcohol use. The inability to control drinking once it has begun. Physical dependence manifested by withdrawal symptoms when the individual stops using alcohol. Tolerance or the need to use more and more alcohol to achieve the same effects. A variety of social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Substance Abuse

How to Start School off on the Right Foot

How to Start School off on the Right Foot

  With August ending and school starting up again, there are many reasons why you should begin the year off on the right foot.  Whether the year before ended on a good note or a bad one, try to make this one even better.  There are many ways that you can start this year off anew, one of which is getting better and more restful sleep.  The summer is full of fun, staying up all night … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Life

Obtaining and Keeping a Job While in Sobriety

Obtaining and Keeping a Job While in Sobriety

  After a busy day of writing articles and holding responsibilities at my job from one to five, I go home sit on the couch and crack open a nice refreshing Coors Light.  No just kidding, I crack open a nice refreshing Diet Coke, so much more of a pleasant and thirst quenching refreshment.  Before I got sober, getting totally blitzed after work was my everyday lifestyle.  Now having a job in sobriety has changed my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery

Dry Bars: Fun in Sobriety

Dry Bars: Fun in Sobriety

  “What you’ll have” or “What can I get you” the bar tender asks you as you approach the bar and sit down.  You ask for a shot of Patron Silver with a bit of ice and a Corona to wash it down.  After a few more drinks you receive your tab, look at it, and empty your wallet full of Andrew Jackson’s.  Resentful that you even stepped foot in the bar, you leave drunk and … Read entire article »

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Give your Liver a Break

Give your Liver a Break

How often do you give your body a rest from alcohol? Even if you are not an individual who suffers from alcoholism or someone who partakes in binge drinking, it has been noted as a wise decision to give your body and your liver a respite from drinking. According to doctors in the United Kingdom, taking at least a two to three day sabbatical a week from consuming any type of alcoholic … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Latest News

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